Like many of the victims, Ellen (not her real name) lost money she could ill afford to lose.
And now it is not just a 'Boris The Blade' here and a Sergey there , "scamming" has become quite a large crime industry, where street-smart but not very ethical enterpreneurs rent office space, buy computers and supplies, and hire students with English skills to write and send scam letters. In all this one can even see some justice as if a weak one beats a strong one, a poor one wins over a rich one.
Scamming even has a more colorful and "patriotic" name duping the riches. Of course, one needs to lull the conscience scammers sleep badly, as is well-known.
Consumer Affairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide.
He also served as Senior Vice President of United Press International and was the founder and editor of Zapnews, a newswire service for radio and television.
My children's tuition need to be paid; I need to have at least $20,000 to cover bills etc during my recovery," she said.
"I have nothing left and this sociopath is back on Match.com; same face, different dress. And probably soon (how can one not believe in his own lucky star?! And quite soon an interested person from America, Canada, Britain or any other country finds out that a ukrainian girl named Elena has always dreamt about him in some russian nook. Right becomes sure that it is love sent him by God.I will lose my home and will be destitute," said Janet, a Virginia woman who wrote to us recently and whose story was featured recently in The New York Times.Is there anything consumers can do to avoid being brutally scammed by online charlatans?This makes it easy for a 30-year-old male in, say, Lagos to present himself as an accomplished 65-year-old concert pianist who through no fault of his own is stranded in the Johannesburg airport and needs ,345 to transport himself and his piano back to Brooklyn.